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Julie Raefield-Gobbo

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Neighbors raise concerns over cell tower plan

The Hood River County Planning Department is fielding inquiries and concerns from several neighbors near Westside Elementary School over the proposed installation of a 160-foot-tall commercial cell tower.

December 14, 2012 2:40 p.m. read more..

Canned food fever ignites charitable spirit

The annual “pie-in-the-sky” target is 200,000 cans of food collected for Hood River County residents in need. Last year, the Hood River Valley High School student food drive for FISH food bank netted close to 124,000.

December 11, 2012 12:57 p.m. read more..

D.A. fights bail reduction in McAndie rape case

The tension and disturbing allegations tied to a five-count indictment for rape and kidnap allegedly committed by Home Valley, Wash., resident and former teacher Donald Stuart McAndie were palpable Tuesday morning in the Hood River courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley.

December 7, 2012 2:43 p.m. read more..

HR foundation funds iPad project

An innovative tech-teaching project is under way in Hood River County thanks to the Hood River County Education Foundation’s Innovative Teaching grant program, according to Paul Lindberg, executive director for the organization.

December 4, 2012 2:41 p.m. read more..

Trail Band concert set to jingle jangle HRMS stage

The annual season of music, light and celebration is upon us. One great Hood River tradition will be returning Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. with the Hood River County Education Foundation fundraiser concert featuring the Trail Band.

December 4, 2012 2:39 p.m. read more..

Bailey charged in Little League case

District Attorney John Sewell has charged Jennifer Bailey, 41, of Hood River, with two felonies tied to her alleged embezzlement of $21,451.92 in cash from the Hood River County Little League.

December 4, 2012 2:18 p.m. read more..

High school seeks project evaluators

Junior and senior students at Hood River Valley High School this year will again undertake a personalized project to fulfill newly revised graduation requirements. Adults willing to listen to their presentations will help students deepen their learning, and will enjoy hearing about a range of topics and the knowledge gained through the students’ experiences.

November 30, 2012 2:58 p.m. read more..

Coal transport meetings slated

Just over a year ago, the Sierra Club began alerting residents to a proposal now under way to transport 130-150 million tons of coal per year through the Columbia River Gorge — via barges or open train cars. One of the specific coal transport projects tied to that proposal is now under consideration in Oregon.

November 30, 2012 2:17 p.m. read more..

McAndie appears on rape, kidnap indictment

In the packed Hood River courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley on Nov. 29, Donald Stuart McAndie, 56, of Home Valley, Wash., appeared via video feed from NORCOR to face indictments of rape in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree and two counts of sexual abuse.

November 30, 2012 2:06 p.m. read more..

Van Voast gains fire marshal status

Local builders and homeowners alike may recognize the name Mark Van Voast — Hood River County building inspector. What may be news is that Van Voast has become the first building official in the state of Oregon to become a certified fire marshal.

November 27, 2012 2:21 p.m. read more..

A road revised

Anyone waiting to make a left turn from County Club Road onto West Cascade knows what the term “failing intersection” means. It means at minimum, frustration, or near misses, and, for some unlucky drivers, accidents.

November 20, 2012 2:42 p.m. read more..

Pass the Bird

If you’ve gone on the annual “Tour de Coop” in which dozens of local poultry enthusiasts show off their fowl farms each summer, then you may already know about Ted James and his bird farm. What you may not know is that James has turned his poultry passtime into something that benefits the community.

November 20, 2012 2:39 p.m. read more..

Rep. Mark Johnson returns to House

Oregon State House of Representatives incumbent Mark Johnson, (R-District 52) of Hood River, will be headed back to Salem for another term, thanks to a successful, yet close run against Democratic opponent Peter Nordbye.

November 9, 2012 1:48 p.m. read more..

HR Fire fights ISO downgrade

Imagine taking a test wherein your answers will affect thousands of people. You have not been informed of the value of each question (of which there are hundreds), but every point gained or lost could potentially cost thousands of dollars.

November 6, 2012 4:01 p.m. read more..

Chamber break-in, computers stolen

Thieves entered the Hood River Chamber of Commerce offices sometime on the night of Oct. 30 and walked away with two laptops, a desktop and about $50 in petty cash, said Hood River Police Chief Neal Holste.

November 2, 2012 2:47 p.m. read more..

Candy in, candy out

Good news for those of you who love trick-or-treating with the young’uns: The free Heights Safe Halloween event will still be offered this year at the Hood River Armory on the Heights Halloween evening, 5-7 p.m. The Heights Business Association, the City of Hood River and Hood River Lions are hosting the event.

October 30, 2012 2:45 p.m. read more..

All-weather fun at Autumn Festivals

The “sun breaks” that blessed Harvest Fest-goers this weekend provided just enough warmth and rain-free moments to enjoy the many outdoor aspects of the event.

October 23, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..

Sign up for HRCSD flash alerts

With the weather turning cold and the potential for school delays on the horizon, parents need to re-subscribe to the Hood River County School District FlashAlert system.

October 19, 2012 1:50 p.m. read more..

Teen dies in Highway 35 collision

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Savanna K. Holloway, of Cascade Locks, along Highway 35 about 10 miles south of Hood River.

October 19, 2012 1:08 p.m. read more..

Rasmussen’s renews visitors with beauty and spirit

The feel of crisp autumn air in your face. The contrasting crunch and give of a juicy, ripe pear in your mouth. The stunning beauty of an unobstructed view across the valley. The joyful shrieks of children as they race to the pumpkin field and on through the corn maze.

October 16, 2012 3:28 p.m. read more..

Pears finish strong

According to the preliminary reviews of this year’s pear harvest, the numbers are looking good.

October 16, 2012 2:33 p.m. read more..

Harvest Fest: 30 years young

Thirty years of delivering fresh-picked apples, pears and produce mixed in with live music, good food and spectacular views makes for a good bet when it comes to planning your weekend fun — even with a possible sprinkle or two.

October 16, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..

For Hood River Valley winemakers the crush is on

Pinot Noir. Riesling. Syrah. Tempranillo. Gewürztraminer. Chardonnay. Zinfandel. These exotic pronunciations roll off the tongue with luxurious sensations, very much like the ultimate product of these fruits, after they’ve been pulled from the vine.

October 12, 2012 1:56 p.m. read more..

Elections approach

Perhaps the presidential debates have sparked renewed interest in politics for the average Hood River County resident. If so, the time to secure your right to vote is fast approaching.

October 10, 2012 noon read more..

Murals beautify buildings, hearts

Following a calling to “build communities through art,” Alex Cook, a muralist and musician from Boston, worked some magic this week on two local buildings, and in the hearts of the children who use them.

October 5, 2012 4:05 p.m. read more..

Fire closes Twin Tunnels trail for a month or more

With the danger of falling boulders and other hazards a real threat, the Mosier Twin Tunnels trail, connected to the Mark O. Hatfield State Park above Hood River, will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists for up to a month or more.

October 3, 2012 noon read more..

Crash ignites West Side brushfire

A small brush fire ignited when a truck driver crashed into a power pole near the intersection of Frankton and Country Club roads on Sunday around 5 p.m.

October 3, 2012 noon read more..


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